Ghadah Alrasheed is the Interim co-Director of the ALiGN Media Lab, founded by Dr. Merlyna Lim and hosted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. In her position, Ghadah is committed to supporting partnerships between academic institutes and civil society to assist marginalized communities. She is currently focusing on building an international partnership between refugees, practitioners and NGOs to study and support refugees’ communication and media uses and practices.
Ghadah has developed and facilitated training for different communities, including refugees and university and secondary school students, on digital literacy, public sector writing, and storytelling. Partnering on behalf of ALiGN with other university institutes such as the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) at Carleton University, she has developed media training sessions for researchers and academics on how make their research more accessible to the public and optimize their social media use.
In the recent years, Ghadah has also worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence to research and provide recommendations relevant to community engagement and resilience and the prevention of extremist violence. In 2019, she attended a training in Nairobi, Kenya on forced migration and displacement issues in the East and Horn of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
Ghadah has received her PhD from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Her PhD dissertation examines political movements in the Middle East and North Africa, exploring interaction between digital media and political changes in the region. Beyond her dissertation, she has presented at different conferences and written on race and gender and theories and philosophies of technology and discourse.